Elisa Aaltola
Elisa Aaltola, 2015.jpg
Aaltola in 2015
Born1976 (age 46–47)
Petäjävesi, Finland

Elisa Aaltola (born 1976) is a Finnish philosopher, specialised in animal philosophy, moral psychology and environmental philosophy.[1]


She was a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Ethics, Environment, and Public Policy at Lancaster University and submitted her doctoral thesis to the University of Turku on Animal Individuality: Moral and Cultural Categorisations. Her book Eläinten moraalinen arvo (Vastapaino 2004) is considered the first commercially published Finnish monograph dedicated solely to animal ethics.[2] She is also the author of Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2018) as well as around 40 peer-reviewed papers. Her edited volumes include "Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy" (co-edited with John Hadley, Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2014). Aaltola is an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and a research fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Turku).[3]

Aaltola is a vegan.[4] Her brother is Mika Aaltola, the director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Elisa Aaltola". www.utu.fi. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  2. ^ "Elisa Aaltola". Oxford Animal Ethics. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Tutkijat". University of Eastern Finland. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. ^ Cronin, Keri; McArthur, Jo-Anne (December 2015). "Philosophy, Activism, and an 'Attentive Willingness to Reconsider One's Duty Toward Others': Elisa Aaltola's Contributions to Animal Advocacy". Unbound Project. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Sinikka Aaltola: "Jonkun elämä voi mennä niin, ettei siinä ole yhtään valoa"". Petäjävesi (in Finnish). 18 May 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2022.